U.S. President tells Riga Conference that U.S. will not leave Iraq until "mission is complete"
RIGA, Latvia (November 28, 2006) - Capping a full day of high-level discussion at The Riga Conference: Transforming NATO in a New Global Era, U.S. President George W. Bush identified three critical pieces to NATO's expanding role, and consequently three key U.S. priorities for the coinciding NATO Summit.
The President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga met the US President George W. Bush in Riga Castle today. During the meeting the President of Latvia stressed the importance of the USA and their President in the creation of the transatlantic relations as well as highly appreciated the role of the USA in non-recognition of the incorporation of Latvia in the USSR as well as providing big support in the process of the state democratization and reforms after the restoration of the independence of Latvia and also at the moment being a trustful partner within the NATO Alliance. George W. Bush congratulated Latvia on hosting the NATO Summit and stressed its historic importance in NATO transformation and development.
Vīķe-Freiberga: NATO should be "efficient, effective, engaging"
RIGA, Latvia (November 28, 2006) - In keynote addresses today to The Riga Conference: Transforming NATO in a New Global Era, two critical figures for the coinciding NATO Summit, Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, laid out their agendas for the Summit and for the alliance
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Tomorrow and Wednesday, NATO’s Heads of State and Government will assemble here in Riga. They will take decisions on NATO-led operations and direct the further political and defence transformation of NATO.
This continuing transformation is essential to ensure that the Alliance remains able to confront the demanding security challenges of the 21st century.
"Prince Philip and I begin today in Vilnius our first visit to the Baltic States to mark the achievements of all three nations in these recent years. You have emerged from the shadow of the Soviet Union and blossomed as sovereign states, taking up your rightful places in the international community and as respected members of the European Union and NATO. It is a transformation - political, economic and social - for which there are few parallels in the history of Europe."
- Queen Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom